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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I Recommend this Site for Parents

This nice site is dedicated to helping parents use reusable containers and utensils and the like for school lunches.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The following is my proposal for Sustainable Innovation '06 which was accepted. (Unfortunately, I was not able to attend.) I do not believe that anyone has developed reuse as a design objective this fully. In time I will post illustrations of these examples and more.I welcome comments. Thanks. DG

Making Reuse a Design Objective

David Goldbeck
Founder and President
Reuse Opportunities, Inc., co-author, Choose to Reuse (Ceres Press) and author, The Smart Kitchen (Ceres Press)
PO Box 87
Woodstock, New York 12498 USA

Premise: Industrial Design for Reuse (IDR)

With Industrial Design for Reuse (IDR), reuse is an initial and continuous design consideration. IDR is the design of a manufactured item either to facilitate the reuse of that item for the same or a different purpose or for ease of maintenance and/or repair. IDR also includes items made on a large scale from discards and rejects, items that are untypically durable, particularly when similar disposables exist, and tools and systems that facilitate reuse. .

Likely benefits of IDR include energy and materials savings, decreased waste, new business opportunities, financial savings to end users and cost savings to industry. Much of the energy savings are achieved through preservation of embodied energy. One could also say that there is also a spiritual satisfaction from knowing that a design or product is done in the environment’s best interests.

My approach: Industrial Design for Reuse by Example

The best way to explain IDR is through examples. Existing objects illustrate this concept better than any discussion could. Hopefully viewing these objects will inspire designers to consider reuse options in the design process. Below is a list of a number of excellent instances of IDR that are owned by Reuse Opportunities, Inc. My proposal would be to display the actual items or their images while discussing them.

DESIGN FOR PRIMARY REUSE. Reuse in keeping with an item's original purpose.

Examples include:
* 3M Tackfast carpet system. (Allows easy installation, repair and removal of carpet.)
* Children's furniture that "grows" with the child.
* UPS’s two-way envelope.
* AirBoxtm reusable packaging.
* Airplane tires (Designed to be retread.)

DESIGN FOR SECONDARY REUSE. Objects designed to have a different use after their original use is served.

Examples include:
* The Heineken World Bottle (WOBO). (This bottle, designed to be a brick, is the best example of reuse related design to date.)
* The Deja Shoetm box. (A shoe box that can be turned inside-out for use as a decorative container.)
* Padco paint roller package. (Bubble package doubles as paint roller tray.)

DESIGN FOR REPAIR OR UPGRADABILITY. Items built for ease of repair or to facilitate the incorporation of new technology or parts.

Examples include:
* Xerox copiers, Dell computers and others. (Designed to be upgraded.)
* U.S Car Consortium, Volkswagen and other's “design for
disassembly” programs. (Fabrication of automobiles with easily removable and replaceable parts.)
* The Motorola TV with "Works in a Drawer." (Conceived for ease of repair.)

TOOLS THAT FACILITATE REUSE. Tools specifically made to ease reuse.

Examples include:
* Produce bag drying rack. (For drying wet plastic produce bags.)
* Grey water equipment. (For reuse of domestic waste water.)
* Battery recharger.
* Tire pressure gauge. (Helps prolong a tire's life, facilitating reuse through maintenance.)
* Hotel towel and sheet changing cards. (Informs hotel personnel of guests desire not to change these items.)
* Staple remover. (Facilities reuse of paper.)

COMMERCIAL DURABLE ALTERNATIVES TO COMMON DISPOSABLE ITEMS. Not included here are common examples such as refillable fountain pens and blade razors, although they are relevant, but newer initiatives, some of which rely on the use of a deposit to insure return.

Examples include:
* Deposit dry cleaning bag and bakery pie tin.
* Permanent automobile oil filter and air filter.
* Refillable school milk bottles and other items made to be reusable such as: paper, calendars, mousetraps, sandpaper, etc.
* Rechargeable batteries and charger.
* Gold coffee filter.

COMMERCIAL REUSE OF DISCARDS, REJECTS, WASTE, ETC. Not included here are "folk," or artistic usages, but larger scale manufacturing or systems based on reuse.

Examples include:
* Various products made from used tires. (ACIAL’s highway noise-barrier walls, swings.)
* Yardbirdst tm (Mass-produced garden sculptures made from factory reject tools.)
* Garbage Collection tm (Clothing made from mill scraps.)
* The ANA Hotel's system for recapturing steam condensate, that is employed for washing cars and other appropriate uses.
* Mapalopes tm (Stationary and envelopes made from outdated nautical and geological maps.)
* Green Glass Inc. (Large scale conversion of used bottles into drinking glasses.)
References and sources
Guy, Bradley (Center for Construction and Environment, Gainesville, Florida.) and Shell, Scott (Esherick, Homsey, Dodge & Davis Architecture, San Francisco.) “Design for Deconstruction and Materials Reuse.” ND.

McCurdy, Dave and Bendz, Diana. Addressing End-of-Life Electronics Through Design: A Compendium of Design-for-Environment Efforts of EIA Members. Electronics Industries Alliance. ND

Minnesota Office of Technical Assistance. Design for the Environment: A Competitive Edge for the Future. ND

Papanek, Victor. Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change. Thames and Hudson, UK, 1985,1991.

Ratner, Ester. "Product Reincarnation: A Resourceful Way to Stretch our National Resources." Recycling Review, April 1997.

"Refillable Bottle" (Ontario Bottler's Refill Program),

"The Art of Tom Torrens" (Sculpture and Chimes from Used Materials),

© David Goldbeck 2005

Monday, August 4, 2008

Tire Pressure Saves The World

We find it unfortunate and ironic that Sen. McCain has made light of Sen. Obama's suggestion that we pay more attention to tire pressure. We always thought the Republican party was the party of individual responsibility. Following is the text from our book Choose to Reuse (Ceres Press) on tire maintenance. As you can see, not only does tire maintenance preserve MPG it protects the tire against premature wear - which also saves oil.

No, tire pressure alone will not solve our energy problems, but it is emblematic of the kinds of individual actions that can.

Many tires wear down before they reach even half of their life expectancy. Experts claim that inadequate tire maintenance and poor driving practices are the chief causes of this early demise. Better habits, they contend, could double the mileage that the average driver obtains per tire, which in turn would halve the discard rate. Reducing the need for new tires can also save an enormous amount of oil, since the manufacture of every new passenger-car tire embodies the energy of just over 7 gallons of oil - about 5.5 gallons from its raw materials and another 1.6 from the manufacturing process itself. The production of a truck tire uses up 22 gallons of oil.
Specific actions that maximize tire life:
* Ideally tire pressure should be checked at every other fillup, or at least once a month and before all long trips. The Firestone Tire Company estimates that the tires on half of all cars on the road are underinflated by an average of 4 pounds per square inch (psi). According to the Tire Industry Safety Council, underinflated tires are the leading cause of tire failure.
The proper pressure can be ascertained from the tire placard sticker attached to the driver's door edge, doorpost, inside the glove-box door or from the owner's manual. (Maximum pressure, or psi, is indicated on the tire itself.) This number is based on tires being cold; therefore they should be checked before they have been driven one mile. In order to do this, owners should keep a tire-pressure gauge in their vehicle.
To fill underinflated tires properly, if the drive to the filling station is more than a mile, make note of any tire that is underinflated and the amount of underinflation. At the gas station recheck the pressure in any underinflated tires and fill to a level equal to this "warm" pressure plus the cold underinflation amount. If tires are already warmed by driving before pressure is measured, deducting two to three pounds of pressure will give an approximation of their cold reading. Don't hesitate to ask service station personnel for help determining how much air to add or how to use the air pump.
If remembering to check the tire pressure is a problem, Tire Check valve caps may be the answer. These caps are color coded and gradually go from green at proper pressure to fully red when the tire loses about 4 psi of pressure, making it easy to notice.
Uneven tire wear is a sign that tires have either been incorrectly inflated or the wheels are misaligned. On bias-ply tires, wear on only the outer edges of the tread is a sign of underinflation. Wear only in the center indicates overinflation. Radials don't necessarily wear unevenly when improperly inflated, but this will impede performance, so frequent pressure checks are especially important.
In addition to preserving tires, driving on properly inflated tires conserves fuel. Estimates of increased gas mileage range from 5%-10%. U.S. Department of Energy figures indicate that on a national scale, proper tire inflation could save 2.1 million gallons of gasoline per day, adding up to over 746 million gallons a year.
* Rotate tires every 4,000-6,000 miles. Different positions wear at different rates; rotating allows tires to wear evenly, extending their useful life. Consult the vehicle manual for any specific rotation recommendations. After rotation, air pressure may need adjustment to meet each tire's new location.
* Have the balance and alignment checked twice a year, and immediately if there is any vibrating. Hitting a pothole or even a small object in the road can throw off the alignment, causing excessively worn areas that render the tires untrustworthy.
* Fast starts, stops, turns and tire spinning all adversely affect tire wear. So does hitting potholes and scraping sidewalls against the curb.
* Don't overload the car beyond its stated weight capacity. The load limit is shown in the owner's manual, on the certification plate on the edge of the driver's door and on the tire itself. The car and tires are designed to operate safely only up to this figure. Overloaded tires run at higher temperatures, provoking premature failure.
* Replace tires when the tread is worn down to 2/32 inch. (All grooves should be visible and deep enough to at least touch the top of Lincoln's head on a penny.) Below this point, narrow strips of smooth rubber called wear bars will appear across the tread. Replacing tires when wear bars first appear increases the possibility of retreading them; tires that have been driven to the point of baldness are unsuitable for retreading.
Resources The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, General Services Division, 400 7th St., S.W., Washington, DC 20590, 800-424-9393 or 202-366-0123, publishes a free Consumer Guide to Uniform Tire Quality Grading (Publication HS 807 205), rating about 1,700 tires for tread, traction and heat tolerance. Motorist's Tire Care and Safety Guide can be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Tire Industry Safety Council, P.O. Box 3147, Medina, OH 44258, which also sells a tire-safety kit that includes an air-pressure gauge, a tread-depth gauge, four valve caps and the aforementioned booklet.
Tire pressure gauges are available in auto-supply stores, hardware stores and a number of mail-order catalogs. Mail-order sources of Tire Check valve caps: Improvements, 4944 Commerce Pkwy., Cleveland, OH 44128, 800-642-2112; The Safety Zone, Hanover, PA 17333, 800-999-3030; The Vermont Country Store, P.O. Box 3000, Manchester Ctr., VT 05255, 802-362-2400.Repair According to the Tire Retread Information Bureau, thousands of perfectly good truck tires are scrapped every year because of a mistaken belief that they can't be repaired. In fact tire repair is not only possible, it's economically advantageous. The majority of trucks use radial tires that can cost over $300 a piece. The average price of a radial truck section repair is about $47, a worthwhile expense to preserve a $300 investment.

Note: All statistics and references are as of 1995

Examples of Financial Savings for Individuals from Reuse

* Factory-remanufactured brand-name power tools from Northern, a mail-order catalog, are discounted as much as 50% of original cost. They are "factory-refurbished to perform like new" and come with a one-year limited warranty.

* Hanna Andersson, a children's wear catalog offers a 20% credit on outgrown Andersson purchases that are returned. (The company sends out more than 5400 of these garments, called "Hannadowns," to needy children each month.)

* Rebuilt computer equipment runs 15%–70% less than new, and many companies offer warranties similar to new equipment. Some major computer manufacturers offer their own refurbished or discontinued new equipment at factory outlets.

* In Connecticut, the Drapery Exchange, sells a selection of drapes, valances, window shades, etc. retrieved from magazine layouts, someone's home, dye errors and the like, at about one-third of the original retail value.

* Retread truck tires cost between one-third and one-half the price of original-tread tires, and retread passenger car tires sell for about one-third less than new tires. Retread tires are made in exactly the same manner as new ones.

* In Indiana, Transition with Class, a retail outlet rents working women a five-piece wardrobe at a cost of $144 for eight weeks; at the end of this period, they can reoutfit themselves with another five-ensemble selection as needed.

* While a complete new trophy runs anywhere from $10 to over $100, the cost of engraving a new name plaque for a previously awarded trophy generally comes to less than $2.

* A reusable cloth vacuum cleaner bag should last a minimum of five years. It's $20 cost equals the price of approximately two to three years' worth of disposable bags. Thus all use beyond this point is virtually free.

* Refurbished and erased used videotapes from Carpel Video cost 30%–40% less than new tapes and come with a 90-day guarantee.

* When one-piece windshield wiper blades wear out the entire wiper unit must be replaced; however, blades on refillable wipers can be replaced at a fraction of the cost of the one-piece blades.

* During the two and a half years that the average baby is in diapers, the use of disposables costs about $1000 more than home-laundering, and about $600 more than using a diaper service.

* Instead of replacing a bath tub, a tub can be reglazed for 25% less than a new tub and relined for about 50% less.

* While rechargeable batteries are more expensive than disposables; over time they work out to be a fantastic bargain. For example, common disposable batteries cost as much as 10¢ per hour of operation, compared to a fraction of 1¢ for rechargeable nicads.

* By renting a formal dress, not only can a designer gown be worn at a fraction of its original price, but a different one can be chosen for every event. Most major cities have dress-rental shops, where prices range from about $45 for an elegant cocktail dress to $300 for a lavish beaded creation.

* The makers of Eco-Dent toothpowder offer a Eco-Pak Home Refill Carton so that consumers can refill their original bottle. The toothpowder refill sells for about $1 less than the equivalent bottle pack and helps reduce the waste generated by the 400 million toothpaste tubes and cartons thrown away each year. (Discintinued good idea.)

* The cost of a year's supply of the least expensive paper napkins (based on a per-person use of two napkins daily) is about half the cost of inexpensive cotton napkins (assuming four will serve one person for several years). In two years' time the expenditure is equal, making all subsequent use of the cloth napkins free. When compared with higher-priced deluxe paper napkins, cloth napkins pay for themselves in six months.

* The Elderly Instruments catalog gives a trade-in allowance of $1.00 for used LPs that sell for $4.95 or less when new, $1.75 for LPs with a new price of $5.75 or more, and $5 for most CDs. This credit can be applied toward anything in their catalog.

* Goods donated to nonprofit organizations such as public schools, public parks and recreation facilities, war veteran's groups, nonprofit hospitals, churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other nonprofit groups with a 501(c)(3) tax status (U.S.) or a Registered Charity (Canada), can be taken as tax-deductible contributions.

These are just a few of the hundreds of money saving ideas found in CHOOSE TO REUSE: An Encyclopedia of Services, Products, Programs & Charitable Organizations that Foster Reuse by Nikki & David Goldbeck
ISBN: 0-9606138-6-2
Price: $15.95 Pages: 400 Pub. Date: April, 1995

(c) Nikki & David Goldbeck

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Sampling of the Financial Benefits for Businesses from Reuse

* At Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, switching from disposable to reusable pads in only one third of the hospital's beds reduced waste by 200 tons in one year and saved the facility about $56,000 in purchasing costs and $7,000 in disposal costs.

* Reusable shipping containers save one Xerox facility $500,000 annually, and Xerox's worldwide effort in this area is expected to reduce yearly disposal costs by $15 million.

* SecondLife Exhibits in Massachusetts procures used tabletop, portable, modular and custom displays from companies that no longer need them and resells them for 30%-50% of their original construction cost.

* The switch from paper towels to cloth rolled towels in the four rest rooms at the Herald Review, a newspaper in Grand Rapids, Michigan, had a threefold benefit: waste was decreased by 135 pounds or .66 cubic yards per year; the cost was $120 less per year, not including avoided disposal costs; and litter on rest room floors disappeared.

* The ANA Hotel in California has reduced its monthly water bills substantially through reuse. Firstly, by reclaiming steam condensate from heating and air-conditioning systems, which is then used in the laundry and in the garage to wash cars. Secondly, via a water-reuse system in the laundry that saves the final rinse water for first use in the next load. The $30,000 it cost to install the system was recouped in 14 months.

* Figures compiled by a committee of food industry representatives indicate that reuse strategies could reduce shipping pallet expenditures by 50%–75%. In 1991, the Pillsbury Company reported that renting cut new pallet costs by 75%, disposal costs by 90% and product damage costs nearly 50%.

* In North America waste exchanges save industry an estimated $27 million every year by reducing raw material costs and disposal costs for waste reusers.

* All figures are as of 1995

From Choose to Reuse: An Encyclopedia of Services, Products & Charitable Organizations That Foster Reuse (Ceres Press, 1995) by Nikki & David Goldbeck (c)